Summary: In one devastating night, violin prodigy Etta Spencer loses everything she knows and loves. Thrust into an unfamiliar world by a stranger with a dangerous agenda, Etta is certain of only one thing: she has traveled not just miles but years from home. And she’s inherited a legacy she knows nothing about from a family whose existence she’s never heard of. Until now.
Nicholas Carter is content with his life at sea, free from the Ironwoods—a powerful family in the colonies—and the servitude he’s known at their hands. But with the arrival of an unusual passenger on his ship comes the insistent pull of the past that he can’t escape and the family that won’t let him go so easily. Now the Ironwoods are searching for a stolen object of untold value, one they believe only Etta, Nicholas’ passenger, can find. In order to protect her, he must ensure she brings it back to them— whether she wants to or not.
Together, Etta and Nicholas embark on a perilous journey across centuries and continents, piecing together clues left behind by the traveler who will do anything to keep the object out of the Ironwoods’ grasp. But as they get closer to the truth of their search, and the deadly game the Ironwoods are playing, treacherous forces threaten to separate Etta not only from Nicholas but from her path home . . . forever.
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
As an enormous fan of The Darkest Minds, I was greatly looking forward to this release. I’ve always been a fan of time travel books, and this one was no disappointment. It was fast paced, magnificently written, and held your interest. While at times I had a hard time picking it up and reading it, it was certainly an amazing book, and I cannot wait to see where it goes from here.
Etta and Nicholas are two complex, hard-headed characters, and seeing them together was amazing. It was wonderful to see an interracial relationship that openly discussed the difficulties in being together due to race. Furthermore, Bracken did not shy away from attacking race and gender roles of the past head on. Etta openly stood up for herself, even when it was not deemed “proper”, and stood up for other women too. While I loved Etta and Nicholas’s realtionship, it wasn’t necessarily healthy, and moved just a bit too fast for my liking. However, they still had a deep and genuine connection that I enjoyed reading about and found myself connecting to.
The plot itself was very intricate, and I feel like I got lost in the finer details every now and again. Despite that, I was engaged throughout the novel. It moved at a very fast pace, and never spent too long dragging out the journey. I didn’t like how long the chapters were, but that’s purely personal taste. The way the plot was uncovered and built up as it went on was amazing. And Bracken certainly threw me for a loop right there at the end, and I can’t wait to see how that plays out in the sequel.
Overall, this book was an incredible ride. It was engaging, well written, and an overally enjoyable read. I cannot wait to see where the sequel goes, and how the characters develop even further.